By Jake Donovan

Orlando Salido looks to go 3-0 in Puerto Rico, as the veteran road warriors faces Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez in the first defense of his junior lightweight belt Saturday evening in the capital city of San Juan.

Both fighters made weight for their Pay-Per-View headliner. Salido was a shade under the 130 lb. divisional limit, coming in at 129.9 lbs. Martinez weighed 129.3 lbs. for his second fight back since losing the title that is now around Salido’s waist and at stake in this bout. 

Salido (42-12-2, 29KOs) picked up the vacant title with a rousing 11th round knockout win over Terdsak Kokietgym last September. The Fight of the Year entrant featured seven knockdowns on the night, with Salido recovering from being floored three times to score four of his own in ultimately stopping the determined Thai veteran.

The win earned Salido his fourth major title in a career that once never seemed destined for glory. A three-time featherweight titlist, the 34-year old from Mexico finally outgrew the division in missing weight for his eventual split decision win over two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko last March. The win was his last official scheduled bout at featherweight after spending more than a decade as a contender and titlist. 

Martinez (28-2-2, 17KOs) seeks a third title reign at 130 lbs. The talented Boricua saw his title reigns come to an end with defeats to Ricky Burns and Mikey Garcia on separate occasions. The latter defeat prompted a ring hiatus, spending more than a year on the sidelines before returning with a stay-busy win last December. 
JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ- 134.6 lbs.
(112 lbs – 10 Rounds)
VÍCTOR RUIZ- 111.8 lbs.
(122 lbs – 10 Rounds)

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox